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Underage student policy

Unless otherwise noted, Community Ed classes are for an adult audience. However, younger students may be permitted in some adult classes. Note the following guidelines for admitting students younger than age 18 into adult Community Ed classes.

Students 16-17 years old

Students 16-17 years old are permitted to register for Community Education adult classes, except for classes with older age minimums, such as classes that involve alcohol.

Students 13-15 years old

Step 1: Students 13-15 years old must receive approval from a Program Coordinator in order to register for Community Education adult classes. To request approval, a parent or legal guardian must email the student’s request to register, along with the following information, to communityed@pcc.edu. If this request is sent by the student, then their parent or legal guardian must be copied on the email.

  1. Parent/Guardian Name
  2. Parent/Guardian Email
  3. Student Name
  4. Student Email
  5. Student Age
  6. Class Title
  7. Five Digit Course Reference Number (CRN)

Step 2: A Program Coordinator will respond via email to inform those involved of their approval decision. If the Program Coordinator has granted approval, they will request additional documentation before the student can be registered.

Step 3: Once all necessary documentation has been submitted, Community Education will register the student and send a registration confirmation email to both the student and parent or legal guardian.

Note: Some classes require the parent or legal guardian of students younger than age 16 to be present. This requirement will be specified by the Program Coordinator at the time of acceptance. In such cases, the parent or legal guardian will also need to register and pay for the class.

Students under 13

Students younger than age 13 cannot register for classes that are designed for adults.

Special youth classes

Community Education offers some classes that are designed for younger students. Age ranges will be noted in the class title or description. Check out our Teen, Swim, and Driver Ed programs.